Williams and Sanabia Join Lythgoe Family Panto "A Snow White Christmas"

Join Lythgoe Family Panto's Ten-Year Anniversary Production of A Snow White Christmas Playhing this Winter at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Limited Engagement! December 13-22, 2019

Published : Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 11:07 AM

Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) in association with the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, announce the latest casting for their ten- year anniversary production of A Snow White Christmas at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, (300 East Green Street, Pasadena), featuring new songs and script, which will play a strictly limited engagement from December 13 through December 22.

Olivia Sanabia (Disney Channel’s Coop & Cami Ask the World, Amazon’s original series Just Add Magic) joins the cast as Snow White, and will be menaced by Grammy Award winning recording artist and actress Michelle Williams, who joins the cast as The Wicked Queen.

A Snow White Christmas also stars previously announced Jared Gertner (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon) as Muddles, Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2, Hairspray Live!) as The Huntsman, and Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris as The On Screen Magic Mirror.

The production will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographed by Emmy Award winners Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs), with book by Kris Lythgoe. The production has music supervision, arrangements, and musical direction by Michael Orland. Casting is by executive producer Becky Lythgoe and Andrew Lynford, CSA. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

An updated version of the classic fairy tale, Princess Snow White joins forces with the Seven Dwarfs to defeat her wicked aunt, the Queen. In the style of British Panto, audiences are encouraged to interact, booing the baddies and cheering for the hero. A Snow White Christmas features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more.

There will also be a special student matinee on Friday December 13, 2019 at 11:00 am, servicing over 2,000 Title One school children who will be introduced to the magic of live theatre for the very first time.

Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased online at www.thepasadenacivic.com or by calling the box office at (626) 449-7360. Golden Tickets, which allow the ticket holder (children ages 4 – 12 only) a special on-stage experience during the production, are available for an additional $85.00 each. This will be the eighth holiday season of Lythgoe Family Panto in Pasadena, and the third at the Pasadena Civic.

Olivia Sanabia is a versatile actress and singer on both stage and screen. She stars as Charlotte Wrather, Coop and Cami’s headstrong and high-spirited older sister in Disney Channel’s family sitcom Coop & Cami Ask the World.

Olivia is also known for her starring role as Kelly Quinn in the Amazon Original Series Just Add Magic, loosely based on the book of the same name by Cindy Callaghan. Her additional acting credits include Life in Pieces, Extant, Sam & Cat, and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.

Olivia aspires to explore the world of film and star on Broadway. In her free time, she sings and plays the piano, guitar and ukulele. Outside of entertainment, she is passionate about giving back and donates her time to the non-profit organization, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. @OliviaSanabia

Michelle Williams is a Grammy Award-winning, singer/songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, designer, television host and member of one of the most successful recording groups of all time, Destiny’s Child. In 2018, Williams reunited with Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Kelly Rowland for a long-awaited Destiny’s Child reunion performance during both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. She has also recorded four critically-acclaimed albums as a solo artist – Heart to Yours in 2002, Do You Know in 2004, Unexpected in 2008, and Journey to Freedom in 2014, who’s song “Say Yes” has been streamed over 100 million times.

Between recording projects, Williams made her theatrical stage debut in 2003 in the title role of the hit Broadway musical Aida. Williams has since appeared in productions of The Color Purple, Broadway and London’s West End productions of Chicago. She also was featured in the acclaimed stage play What My Husband Doesn’t Know, and a national tour with the musical Fela! Williams also starred in the Oxygen network series Fix My Choir and has served as a guest host on talk shows such as The View, Meredith, The Real and many more.

As an entrepreneur, Williams recently launched Believe at Home by Michelle Williams. A sophisticated bedding collection, featuring exquisite and vibrant comforters, duvets, coverlets, sheets and shams inspired by her grandmother’s quilting.

An advocate for mental health and empowerment, Williams is an ambassador for the Office on Women’s Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she promotes awareness for maintaining optimum physical and mental health through nutrition, exercise, and proper medical care.

Lythgoe Family Panto Across America

This season Lythgoe Family Panto will also present three additional productions across America:

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell – A Pirate Christmas will star John O’Hurley as Captain Hook and Ashley Argota as Tinker Bell and will mark the fifth year of the partnership between Lythgoe Family Panto and Laguna Playhouse, and plays December 4 – December 29. Tickets starting at $41 for children and $51 for adults are on sale at www.lagunaplayhouse.com

A Snow White Christmas will also be presented in partnership with North Carolina Theatre at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium from November 30 – December 8. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale at nctheatre.com.

Aladdin and His Winter Wish will be presented in partnership with Tennessee Performing Arts Center at the James K. Polk Theatre in Nashville from December 12 – December 22. Tickets starting at $40 are on sale at www.tpac.org

Previously Lythgoe Family Panto established their reputation with productions including The Wonderful Winter of Oz starring Kermit The Frog, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Mackenzie Ziegler, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose starring Kelli Berglund, James Snyder and Gedde Watanabe, A Cinderella Christmas starring Lauren Taylor, Alex Newell and Morgan Fairchild, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas starring Sabrina Carpenter and John O’Hurley, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher, and Ashley Argota – and A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris.

Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. In 2018 over 6000 title 1 students were introduced by the Lythgoes to live theatre, through the medium of Panto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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